申 shēn to extend; to state; to explain
Made up of [田 tián
NoteOriginally a picture of a bolt of lightning but became a 'field' with an extended central line - hence concept of 'extend'
Using 田 tián
: 男 nán (male) 雷 léi (thunder) 猫 māo (cat) 里 lǐ (inside) 亩 mǔ (area) 福 fú (good fortune) 富 fù (rich) 甲 jiǎ (first in list) 累 lèi (tired) 画 huà (to draw) 思 sī (to think) 戴 dài (to respect)
Sounds same身 shēn (body)
Different tone神 shén (god)
什 shén (what)
Stroke order for character 申, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license ➚
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